Why did you write a book in which the main character is a serial killer?
The main theme of the book is manipulation of dreams, which is, in my eyes at least, one of the most vile forms of violence.
Therefore the very decor of the Festival is quite aggressive and Igor’s presence only magnifies this.
But to be honest, this is type of answer that I can only give once I wrote the book. The moment I was in the story, this seemed to me to be the natural way of telling this specific tale.
Some choices are made and only afterwords can we actually understand them.